Ohio has the 15th largest prison population in the United States. In 1984, there were only 18,500 inmates, and in 2019, the population surged to 48,988 prisoners.
Ohio has done fantastic in the past by implementing laws which prevent overcriminalization, and offer alternative sentencing and rehabilitation. There are many other states who have implemented similar policies and have seen great results. Texas and Georgia, for example, both implemented reforms that establish drug courts that reduce the length of sentences, leading to incredible results. By implementing legislation that bans the box, Ohio makes it easier for ex-offenders to get jobs more easily, which decreases the risk of recidivism.
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